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Old 07-19-2017, 09:51 PM   #11
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Hello! We've been lurking here as we planned our project over the past 6 months and we've just driven home a 2007 Diesel GMC Short Bus and we're ready to get started We're based in Quebec, Canada and we're planning a pretty minimal refit (less seats, more beds) for "car" camping. We've got three kids.

Question: What are the pros and cons of keeping the existing fisheye mirrors mounted on the front of the hood? Admittedly I'm not entirely used to driving the thing yet but I find those mirrors distracting and of marginal use. If you've removed yours, do you regret it?

Thanks in advance!

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After driving approximately 2.5 million miles I really depend upon my fish-eye lenses. I use them more than any other mirror on my vehicles. I simply reposition them to look where I have blind spots on the sides of my personal buses. However, when I'm driving the real thing I use them as intended - to watch out for the little ones that are not paying attention to anything else but play time.....

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Old 07-20-2017, 08:16 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the additional replies, folks.

The "good for your side blind spots" angle doesn't seem to apply much to my bus. My side-view mirrors are "stacked" in that there is a top and a bottom mirror that can be aimed independently. While driving on the highway I found that there was very little (or nothing) that I could usefully see in the fisheyes that I couldn't see in the sideviews, with the exception of right in front of the bus.

I do have small kids, and some cats, but I think I'm comfortable trying to avoid squishing them without the fisheyes. I am planning on adding a backup camera, however. I'd even toy with the idea of putting a second one on the grill to look forwards.
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Old 07-20-2017, 10:30 AM   #13
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on my dog nose bus they where a must on the flat nose not so much, i love to be able to use all the room in a tight spot with out getting out and looking !
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Old 07-22-2017, 09:11 PM   #14
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Having never owned a bus until today and biggest thing driven being a Top Kick many moons ago, I like having the front fisheyes on my E450 Thomas 5 Window. Was nice to see the cars in the front fender areathat wete lower in height.
However they are right at head height n already came close nto knocking myself out.
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Old 07-22-2017, 09:32 PM   #15
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yeah, big waste of time on a RE bus.. if you are talking about the front cross over mirrors.. are good for hitting tree in tight spot... or telephone pole...
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